Skip to comments.Earth in Carbon Dioxide Famine, Says Scientist
Posted on 02/28/2009 7:17:29 AM PST by Delacon
No, Dr. Will Happer is not a celebrity. He is merely a physicist of considerable renown who happens to agree with many of the worlds other leading scientists that the current panic over climate change is a lot of hysterics about carbon footprints. Dr. Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics at Princeton University, testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on February 25. He told them:
Many people dont realize that over geological time, were really in a CO2 famine now. Almost never has CO2 levels been as low as it has been in the Holocene (geologic epoch) 280 (parts per million - ppm) thats unheard of. Most of the time [CO2 levels] have been at least 1,000 (ppm) and its been quite higher than that, Happer told the Senate Committee.
Earth was just fine in those times, Prof. Happer noted. The oceans were fine, plants grew, animals grew fine. So its baffling to me that were so frightened of getting nowhere close to where we started, Happer explained. Happer also noted that the number of [skeptical scientists] with the courage to speak out is growing and he warned children should not be force-fed propaganda, masquerading as science.
Global-warming alarmists are pushing for incredibly wasteful and expensive carbon sequestration and carbon cap and trade schemes that will have virtually no impact on global CO2 levels or global temperatures. But rising CO2 levels shouldnt be worrying us anyway.
I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind, Happer told the committee. He cited the well-known evidence from other researchers that increasing CO2 levels will greatly benefit crop yields, meaning more food for the worlds people and animals. Dr. Sherwood Idso and other scientists have published extensively on the numerous benefits to be derived from increasing CO2 levels: more robust forest and vegetation growth, greater plant resistance to stress, greater drought resistance, reclaiming of deserts and barren lands.
What about the frightening consequences of increasing levels of CO2 that we keep hearing about? Dr. Happer asked rhetorically. In a word, they are wildly exaggerated, just as the purported benefits of prohibition were wildly exaggerated, he answered. At least 90% of greenhouse warming is due to water vapor and clouds. Carbon dioxide is a bit player, he explained. But the climate is warming and CO2 is increasing. Doesnt this prove that CO2 is causing global warming through the greenhouse effect? No, the current warming period began about 1800 at the end of the little ice age, long before there was an appreciable increase of CO2. There have been similar and even larger warmings several times in the 10,000 years since the end of the last ice age. These earlier warmings clearly had nothing to do with the combustion of fossil fuels. The current warming also seems to be due mostly to natural causes, not to increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Over the past ten years there has been no global warming, and in fact a slight cooling. This is not at all what was predicted by the IPCC models."
Professor Happer is a former director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy. He has published over 200 scientific papers, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Happer has joined the more than 650 distinguished scientists from around the globe who have provided statements challenging the alleged scientific consensus frequently sited in support of human-caused, or anthropogenic global warming. Those statements are available in a 231-page report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
These scientists represent more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 report for policymakers. But the AGW scientific consensus fraud becomes even more ludicrous when the results of the Global Warming Petition Project are factored in, since more than 31,000 American scientists have signed onto the document urging the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.
Increased CO2 levels are also having a beneficial effect on crops. What environmentalism wants to call a “pollutant” is feeding us all and greening the planet.
"I do!.....I'm the expert here!...See?...I've got glasses that make me look kinda smart and everything"
(even though the +1.75 correction on her lens is higher than her IQ)
“Will this report put an end to the cap-and-trade bs?”
You’ve got to be kidding. Here’s the playbook:
If a scientist (or non-scientist or complete ignoramus) says CO2 is destroying the planet, that equals “concensus”.
If a scientist, no matter how distinguished, says the concerns over CO2 are overblown, that individual (or those tens of thousands of such individuals) does not exist, so far as the politicians and MSM are concerned.
The only problem with that is that there'd be no one around to laugh at our lunacy.
Click on POGW graphic for full GW rundown
Ping me if you find one I've missed.
Or they try the “shoot the messenger” attack instead of trying to refute the messenger’s facts.
“Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who heads the committee, said after Happer’s testimony that he is affiliated with an institute that received hundreds of thousands of dollars from ExxonMobil over the past decade.”
Well the current CO2 in Hawaii is averaging ~.04% so it has risen from the 1997 numbers you quote. Never-the-less, you are exactly right. This level means nothing anyway.
Indoor air concentrations of 2500 ppm are considered non hazardous so why not outside air? What I tell my deluded friends is that far from being a hazard, CO2 is the stuff of life. All the carbon is all of us was once CO2 converted into plant hydrocarbon and then by ingestion it became us. Cut it off and we die.
All the carbon we burn from oil, gas, and coal was once in the air. Since we will never be able to find let alone access all of this sequestered carbon, we are in little danger of over saturating the atmosphere.
ExxonMobile and about every other oil company that could be named contributes to groups on ‘both’ sides of the global warming debate. Boxer should be ashamed of herself for her dishonest tactics.
“ExxonMobile and about every other oil company that could be named contributes to groups on both sides of the global warming debate. Boxer should be ashamed of herself for her dishonest tactics”.
One should ask Boxer how much money does she get from global warming alarmist groups and “green” investment groups such as Al Gore’s that stand to benefit from global warming alarmism.
I’ve been saying this for years. If we were to find a non-hydrocarbon energy source that could easily and cleanly meet all our needs, the environmentally responsible thing to do would be to dig up all the oil and coal and natural gas we could find and burn it anyway. CO2 is the building block of life. All the carbon removed from the biosphere needs to be returned to it. Perhaps that is Man’s real purpose. Perhaps the lack of CO2 is why there are few megafauna left.
If they choose to guess, they inevitably get it wrong (guessing waaay high) before I tell them that CO2 is roughly 3.4 ten thousandths of our atmosphere.
Then, if I'm in a verbally combative mood, I'll ask if they know what percentage of the atmospheric CO2 is man-made.
(It's about 3.5%).
Many of my fellow "scientists" are blissfully clueless and unbothered by these simple, and demonstrable facts.
Exactly. There's much more special interest money funding Boxer and the LW fringe alarmists than people who are rational about climate.
Don’t confuse the true believers with facts.
It has nothing to do with the climate and EVERYTHING to do with stealing money from the people.
bump, for comment if I feel like it. I kinda wish someone would explain the downsides of extreme rates of change to the esteemed Dr. Happer.
By a simple extension of the argument, the cap-and-trade crowd are the plant genocides of the planet, monstrous walking mass-herbicidal maniacs, gorged on power and bulging with unholy impulses to kill and destroy.
Or something like that.